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Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 272) 25 Feb 2014
- Rashmi Sinha
Restructuring Teacher Education in Chhattisgarh

I was recently in Chhattisgarh as a member of Joint Review Mission of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of teacher education. This initiative of the Government of India’s MHRD, is a nationwide program for restructuring of teacher education, largely in response to Children’s Right to Free and Compulsory education (RTE). My first post, Listening to Winds of Change, gave my impressions of poor visibility of scheduled tribes in public places, markets and in the state government and the need for a more rooted and inclusive model of development to end this isolation. Today’s post, “Restructuring Teacher Education in Chhattisgarh,” will talk about the challenges the state is facing in realigning its teacher education to curricular reforms as per National Curriculum framework 2005 and RTE related new policy thrusts.

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Research

Vouchers, Public School Response, and the Role of Incentives
Authors: Rajashri Chakrabarti
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: This paper analyzes the incentives and responses of public schools in the context of an educational reform. The literature on the effect of voucher programs on public schools typically focuses on student and mean school scores. This paper tries to go inside the black box to investigate some of the ways in which schools facing the Florida voucher program behaved.

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Education News
 

Classroom Divisions
- The Economist, 22 Feb 2014
It is now more than ten years since charges for state primary schools in east Africa’s biggest economy were abolished by law. Yet it is an open secret that education is not truly free. In fact, fees are rising.

Education sector gets 9% hike in outlay
- Business Standard, 17 Feb 2014
The education sector has got about nine per cent hike in the Interim Budget presented today y Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who also proposed a moratoriaum on repayment of education loans, benefitting 900,000 students.

Right To Education admission dates announced
- The Times of India, 23 Feb 2014
BHOPAL: After a delay of more than a month, admission dates for the reserved category under the Right to Education (RTE) Act were announced on Friday. Last year, admission forms were distributed from Jan 16.

Rajasthan govt. introduces optional board exam for Class VIII
- The Times of India, 19 Feb 2014
The Vasundhara Raje government on Tuesday announced the formation of an education board for Class VIII, also introducing the option of exams for Class VIII students in government schools.

Govt launch scheme worth Rs 600 to educate adult Muslims
- Business Standard, 18 Feb 2014
Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, the government today launched a new programme for educating adult Muslims, targeting over one crore of them.

Poll
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Video
Choice in Schools or Choice in Education?Choice in Schools or Choice in Education?
We are currently living through a revolution in education. The way education is carried out and delivered, both in the United States and abroad, is changing dramatically. These changes are fueled in part by technology, but the main cause is a social transformation. All kinds of people are voluntarily cooperating to provide an education that they control and that reflects their desires rather than those of governments, large firms, or political movements. Watch this video here.

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